Multiple ‘Stranger Things’ Stars Leaving Series Behind

in Entertainment

(L to R) Argyle, Jonathan, Eleven, Will, and Mike in 'Stranger Things' Season 4

Credit: Netflix

Multiple stars of the hit Netflix television series Stranger Things are ready to leave the series behind.

In the realm of modern television, few series have captured the hearts and minds of viewers quite like Stranger Things. Created by the Duffer Brothers, this Netflix original took the world by storm when it debuted in 2016, and since then, it has grown into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. With its unique blend of supernatural horror, ’80s nostalgia, and a talented ensemble cast, the franchise has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry and continues to thrive as it ventures into new territory.

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Stranger Things
Credit: Netflix

Stranger Things is a captivating fusion of horror, science fiction, and coming-of-age drama, all wrapped in the backdrop of the 1980s. The show is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and revolves around a group of young friends who embark on an extraordinary journey after a young boy named Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) mysteriously disappears. As his friends and family search for him, they uncover a government conspiracy and come face to face with supernatural forces, including the mysterious girl Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) with telekinetic abilities.

Stranger Things has boasted a star-studded cast

At the heart of the franchise’s success lies its remarkable ensemble cast. The young, talented actors, including Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Sadie Sink, who play the core group of friends, have won the admiration of audiences for their authentic portrayal of the camaraderie and struggles of adolescence. Each character is distinct, with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies, making them instantly relatable.

Millie Bobby Brown, in her role as Eleven, delivers an outstanding performance that earned her critical acclaim. Her character’s journey from a girl with a shaved head and a number tattooed on her arm to a powerful and independent young woman has been a central arc of the series. Brown’s portrayal of Eleven’s emotional complexities, from vulnerability to resilience, has struck a chord with viewers of all ages.

Max and Dustin looking into the Upside Down in 'Stranger Things' Season 4
Credit: Netflix

Additionally, David Harbour, who plays Chief Jim Hopper, brings a rugged and charismatic presence to the show. His character evolves from a gruff, small-town police officer into a father figure for Eleven and a key player in the fight against the malevolent forces lurking in Hawkins.

Winona Ryder, known for her roles in iconic ’80s and ’90s films, plays Joyce Byers, Will’s mother. Her performance is a blend of maternal determination and desperation, giving a nod to the nostalgic elements of the series. Ryder’s presence serves as a reminder of the bygone era she was a part of.

The franchise’s well-rounded cast is not limited to its younger stars. Matthew Modine, who portrays Dr. Martin Brenner, is the enigmatic antagonist of the first season. His cold and calculated performance creates an aura of menace that looms over the series. Additionally, Paul Reiser and Sean Astin, who join the cast in later seasons, have brought their own charm and gravitas to the show.

Max floating in 'Stranger Things' Season 4
Credit: Netflix

Stranger Things has relied on nostalgia to become Netflix’s top show

One of the most captivating aspects of Stranger Things is its commitment to the 1980s. From the synth-heavy soundtrack by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein to the pop culture references scattered throughout, the series immerses viewers in a nostalgic trip down memory lane. It draws inspiration from iconic films and TV shows of the era, such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Goonies (1985), and Ghostbusters (1984), and even includes numerous nods to Dungeons & Dragons, a beloved tabletop game popular during the same period.

The show’s dedication to recreating the look and feel of the ’80s extends to its production design and costumes. The bikes the kids ride, the clothes they wear, and the technology they use are all meticulously chosen to transport the audience back in time. The effort put into these details pays off by creating an immersive and authentic experience.

Stranger Things is known for its gripping storytelling and intricate plotlines. Each season introduces new mysteries and characters, expanding the world of Hawkins and deepening the relationships of the main cast. As the story progresses, the show delves into complex themes, including government secrecy, the ethics of scientific experimentation, and the power of friendship.

The series also delves into the Upside Down, a dark and twisted mirror dimension inhabited by otherworldly creatures. This supernatural element adds an extra layer of suspense and horror to the show. As the characters confront the unknown, they grow not only in strength but also in their understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Grandfather Clock in a wall from Stranger Things
Credit: Netflix

Season one sets the stage for the franchise, introducing viewers to the small-town charm of Hawkins and the dark secrets that lie beneath the surface. Subsequent seasons explore new threats, such as the monstrous Mind Flayer, and delve deeper into the origins of Eleven’s powers and the history of the Upside Down. Since that introduction, the show has gone on to have four successful seasons and is currently one of the most popular Netflix shows of all time.

As a matter of fact, Stranger Things Season 4 has garnered more than 1.35 billion hours of streaming time.

Stranger Things has also thrived in the realm of merchandising, with a wide range of products, including action figures, clothing, and video games. The series has also inspired books and comics that expand on the show’s universe, providing fans with even more opportunities to engage with their favorite characters and stories.

Erica Sinclair in Stranger Things
Credit: Netflix

The franchise has consistently garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. It has received numerous awards, including Emmy Awards, for outstanding casting and outstanding main title design. The series’ ability to combine supernatural horror with the emotional struggles of its characters has resonated with audiences of all ages, making it a cross-generational phenomenon.

Stranger Things will soon be replaced

As Stranger Things continues to evolve, it faces the challenge of maintaining its initial magic while exploring new territory. The Duffer Brothers have expressed their intent to conclude the series with a fifth season, which will provide closure for the characters and their fans. This decision reflects their commitment to delivering a satisfying and well-rounded narrative, ensuring that the show remains a celebrated piece of television history.

While the confirmation of Stranger Things Season 5 has fans excited, Netflix is already laying the groundwork for a post-Stranger Things era. The streaming giant is looking towards the future with a prequel stage play titled Stranger Things: The First Shadow, featuring an entirely new cast. Additionally, the Duffer Brothers have hinted at a spinoff series for the beloved show, although specific details remain scarce.

As we peer into Netflix’s post-Stranger Things landscape, the focus appears to be shifting towards Jenna Ortega and her hit series. Recent reports suggest that Netflix is fast-tracking the production of both Stranger Things and Wednesday. With Stranger Things inching closer to its final season, speculation is rife about which series might step up to fill the void it leaves behind. All signs point to Wednesday being groomed as Netflix’s new flagship show. Multiple reports indicate that the streaming platform aims to secure several more seasons with Jenna Ortega in the lead role, ensuring a long and successful run.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
Credit: Netflix

The first season of Wednesday achieved a monumental feat by amassing over one billion viewers, ranking just behind the popularity of Stranger Things Season 4 and Squid Game. The promise of ongoing narrative development and expansion in future seasons positions Wednesday favorably, with the potential to surpass even the colossal success of its predecessor, Stranger Things.

With the imminent conclusion of Stranger Things, Netflix finds itself in need of a worthy replacement. Wednesday, with its impressive debut season, seems poised to take the first swing at filling those big shoes. The show’s early success bodes well for its future, as fans eagerly anticipate Season 2. To maintain its audience and enforce its unique password-sharing rules, Netflix needs consistently high-performing content. All eyes will be on Wednesday as it steps into the role of becoming Stranger Things‘ official successor atop the Netflix charts.

Multiple Stranger Things stars are ready to say goodbye

Though some fans have held onto the hope that a spinoff of the television series could come that would feature some of the main cast, the truth of the matter is that there are multiple stars who are leaving the series behind after season five.

The most prominent name, one has been outspoken about being ready to move on, is Millie Bobby Brown. On multiple occasions  Millie Bobby Brown has shared that she is ready to undertake some new projects.

“When you’re ready, you’re like, ‘All right, let’s do this. Let’s tackle this last senior year. Let’s get out of here,’” she shared. “Stranger Things takes up a lot of time to film and it’s preventing me from creating stories I’m passionate about. So I’m ready to say, ‘Thank you, and goodbye.” 

Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Stranger Things
Credit: Netflix

The actress is set to star in a movie alongside Chris Pratt, which could prove to be her first big box office blockbuster. Brown, who is now 19, was just 11 years old when she started the series.

“To be able to go toe-to-toe with Chris Pratt, it’s a very exciting opportunity that I never thought I’d be able to have, to be able to be treated the same as him and to be looked at and respected the same as him on the set by the production, by the studio,” she said.

Millie Bobby Brown hasn’t been the only one to share that she’s ready to undertake some new projects. David Harbour has also said that while he loves the show, he wants to do other things.

“The first year of Stranger Things, I remember having a discussion with a publicist and her saying, ‘Maybe you don’t want to be associated with the show so much,’ and I was like, ‘Why? I love this show. I love the character.’” Harbour said. “And I do love the show. And I do love the character. But I don’t want to be just that character. I don’t want to be just that guy.”

Jim Hopper (David Harbour) in Stranger Things
Credit: Netflix

Finn Wolfhard, on the other hand, has shared that he isn’t ready for the series to end, but that it makes sense to say goodbye to the series after season five.

“I just want to help finish it off, but not in a way of ‘I want to be done with it.’ It’s just like, I want to know what happens. I’m definitely sad about it, but also, I know that it’s the next kind of chapter of everyone’s life that needs to happen,” he said in an interview via Variety.

No matter where you fall on the show and what the future holds for the Netflix heavyweight, the truth is that writers are getting ready to put an end to it for good, and the stars are preparing to move on to the next facet of their lives and careers, ready or not.

What do you think of Stranger Things moving on? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments!

in Entertainment

Comments Off on Multiple ‘Stranger Things’ Stars Leaving Series Behind